If you decide not to have children

Some women find being unable to have children naturally very difficult.

Some women might not have wanted children even before diagnosis and treatment for ovarian cancer.

Others may choose to enjoy life without children after discussing fertility options with their partner, family and professionals.

If you're struggling with not being able to have children

It may not be until after your treatment has finished that you have the time and the ability to process how you feel about not having children.

You might feel:

  • Relief
  • Anger
  • Grief
  • Isolated and unable to share your emotions with your partner and family
  • Jealous of farmily or friends with children
  • Guilt

Feeling these emotions may put a strain on your relationships with family, your partner or friends.

You may find it helpful to:

  • Speak to a professional counsellor, providing you with a safe and non-judgmental space to explore your feelings
  • Talk to others who have been through similar experiences
  • Visit ovarian cancer charity websites to read blogs or online forums, or call a charity support line